Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. They embellish what they long ago mastered: making shaggy, dreamy, cuddly, explosive indie rock. [15 Sep 2006, p.72]
  2. 86
    They've trimmed away the electronic tinges and space-jazz tendencies of recent years, leaving us with a sharper, more focused Yo La Tengo. [#22, p.93]
  3. What's most remarkable about this stylistic portmanteau is that every song is an original even though you assume several are among their shoulda-been-a-hit-but-wtf-is-it? covers.
  4. Everything they've done well in the past is found on here somewhere.
  5. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is nothing if not dazzling.
  6. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is a delirious jumble, the rare album that holds together because of the sheer audacity of its diversity, rather than being torn asunder by it.
  7. This is Yo La Tengo in full 32-flavors mode, but somehow, as with similarly diverse past efforts like I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One, they make it all sound cohesive.
  8. Good luck finding a better straight-up indie-pop/indie-rock record this year (save TV On The Radio) that's as uninhibited, unique, and flawlessly all-over-the-place as I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass.
  9. 100
    A perfect album. [Sep 2006, p.143]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. RobbieC
    Sep 14, 2007
    9
    More totally entrancing and exciting and expectation-shattering with every song. At the same time, it's good ol' yo la tengo. Absolutely brilliant. My second favorite album from YLT, one of the greatest ever. Full Review »
  2. RobertH
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    An album as awesome as its name!
  3. BobC
    May 15, 2007
    10
    Very different from prior Cds. I think it's their best work.